Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Adams Family

James Goode has every reason to smile. Not only is his book on Washington D. C. sculpture scheduled for November publication by The Johns Hopkins University Press but there is also a full page article about his remarkable bookplate collection on Page 80 in this month's issue of Fine Books &Collections

I have noticed that the use of bookplates is often passed on from generation to generation in some families. Not all the Adams shown here are directly related to one another but once I started scanning I decided to include them all. The bookplates used by Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams have been researched quite thoroughly and are all described and illustrated in A Catalog Of The Books Of John Quincy Adams Deposited in the Boston Athenaeum. The book should sell for $75.00 to $100.00

The two bookplates illustrated above were engraved by Arthur N. Macdonald. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Adams was the librarian of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and was also an authority on the subject of heraldry

FROM The International Genealogical Index

Alfred William Adams, son of Henry Adams and Ann Adams [Card]

In the Parish of Frant, Sussex
IGIRef: Batch J148463

25th Jun 1854
At St Albans Parish Church in the Parish of Frant, Sussex
IGIRef: Batch J148463
I suspect Alfred William Adams was English and his plate was done in the early 19th century.More research needs to be done on this one. John Titford sent me this reference cited above as a possibility.

Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) was the son of John Quincy Adams

Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. was a noted book collector and his plate was done by Rockwell Kent

John Titford, fellow bookplate collector and genealogist has given me the following information about this plate:
" John Adams Junior is no real problem. "Ch Ch" means Christ Church [College], Oxford. I assume that "Junior" suggests that his father was also John, so see Joseph Foster's "Alumni Oxonienses" - members of the University of Oxford. The right man must be John, son of John of Serjeant's Inn. The father would have been a Serjeant at Law, a forerunner of senior barristers now known as Queen's Counsel (QC)."

Richard Adams wrote Watership Down and his delightful bookplate was designed by Jennifer Campbell who also illustrated several of his books.

I need to do more research on this one

Peter and Brigitte Rath have a wonderful bookplate collection relating to music.Click on the link above to see it. I will try to add more information about the English plates as it is received.
See you next week.

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1 comment:

HWC-Chizhai said...

Hello, Mr. Lewis Jaffe

Your blog is amazing! The collections some have are extensive and very impressive! Great blog! Nice collections!
Best regards!

Huang Wuchang from Hangzhou China